Snap Removals, The Open Metaverse, Fortnite VR

We may or may not be entering a recession, but it’s certainly happening with the same soaring social media stocks that rely on advertising. This week, Snap laid off 1,200 employees, or 20% of its workforce. Teams working on games within Snapchat, Zenly, the social mapping app that Snap bought in 2017, and Snap’s hardware division, responsible for its Spectacles AR glasses and Pixy camera drone, were canceled after introducing several months ago. Verge editor Alex Heath, who wrote this article on Snap, said on the “This Week in XR” podcast two weeks ago that he found it ironic that Apple’s policy change was offensive. of the two companies likely to compete with the upcoming XR device. Despite the current issues, Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said his early camera business will continue to focus on augmented reality.

Setting the Course for an Open Metaverse, Part 1: Updates from the First 60 Days of the Metaverse Standards Forum Launched in June 2022 with 37 founding members such as Khronos Group, Meta, NVIDIA, Google, Epic, Lamina1, IKEA, Microsoft, Wayfair and Unity. the Forum grew to over 1500 in the first 60 days. Now, work is underway to form Domain Working Groups to launch pragmatic projects for real action. Learn more about what the Forum has been up to in its first 60 days and what’s to come in our recent blog post linked here.

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Random quotes from Zuck’s very long interview. My favorite has been mentioned many times. ICYMI “When you wake up in the morning. Look at my phone to receive a million messages… That’s usually not good, right? I mean, people save the right things to say to me in person, don’t they? But it’s like, it’s okay, what’s going on in the world that I feel like giving me that day, so almost every day, you wake up and it’s like, punch in the stomach. Here’s another selfish head shaker. “I’m not here to design a service that makes people angry.” It’s strange, because his service is still going on. Being a public figure doesn’t mean you have to share everything with the public. If you were on Rogan’s podcast in person, what kind of response would you expect from the crowd? Another is filed under “deaf billionaires.”

Zuckerberg says Meta’s next VR headset will launch in October and will focus on “social presence” Meta launched its next VR headset in October at the Connect conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement during his interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Meta has published a series of videos promoting XR Tech, Kenya. “Meet the Amani team,” says the YouTube description. The description for “Amani” reads. “They use technology to connect and compete, but one day the metaverse will help them – and all of us – achieve more. When we connect across borders, we all go forward. In fact, someone else has related video, of the same name, apparently shot around the same time. The videos are very expensive, probably north of a million dollars. Launched on 8/23, the videos have 13,000 and 4,000 views since their launch on 8/23, that suggests they don’t promote the videos. At least not yet. Why are they still doing that?

Report: ‘Fortnite’ Update Includes Reference To Oculus, Suggests Future Search Support It makes a lot of sense. Grand Theft Auto the due and the battle royale that belongs to the Meta are near, A populationis one of Quest’s most popular titles. Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world, with over 350 million users.

SNL’s Kenan Thompson is looking for VR comics Thompson teamed up with Kyle Render on Altspace’s VR Comedy Render Failed show to find talent for “the ultimate comedy experience.” Kyle and his colleagues have produced more than 400 virtual reality shows, welcoming more than a quarter of a million visitors to their virtual comedy club almost every day through the virtual reality social platform which is AltspaceVR.

Apple may have just dropped a big hint about the name of its AR/VR headset The company readies the first XR HMD for release in 2023. Bloomberg reports that a shell company has filed trademark applications in several countries for the names “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”. Last December, an Apple-connected screen company submitted trademark applications for “RealityOS” to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which could be the name of the hardware operating system.

The Immersive section of the Venice Film Festival welcomes 43 new projects. A small island a short water taxi ride from the Venice FF festival headquarters is their XR exhibition from September 1-10, curated by Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac. Visitors can play games, or “world hop” with the tour guide, dress up as background dancers, or even help Coco Chanel develop her Chanel No. 5 perfume of a unique new experience created by Mathias Chelebourg called “ Met) . ELELE is the first film directed by Dutch artist Sjoerd van Acker and “Miracle Basket” by Abner Preis. There’s also an interactive VR game set in 1920s England inspired by the TV show “Peaky Blinders” called “Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom.”

the Global Immersion Summit (official VRARA Global Summit) will take place on the charming island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal from September 28-30, 2022. Madeira Island is known as the Hawaii of Europe, and the conference will feature ecosystem leaders metaverse XR, NFT , Blockchain, 5G Netoworks and span enterprise, media, entertainment. The conference will feature a unique format with a track stage, technology experience zones, and immersive shows and demonstrations. Speakers include Niantic, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Sony, Vodaphone, Volvo, Gucci, Adobe, European Blockchain Association, Magic Leap, Blippar, Virbe, Departure Lounge Inc., The Glimpse Group, FOV Ventures, Nokia , Mission Impact , VNCCII, SenseGlove, Forbes, EndeavorXR, KIT-AR, VIRTUALWARE, adidas Runtastic, Mojo Vision, Faber Courtial, Maxim (UK), SenseGlove, HTC VIVE and more.

This week on XR also a podcast hosted by the author of this column and Ted Schilowitz, head of future technologies at Paramount Global. We don’t have this week, but interviews with our guests this summer, Rony Abovitz (Founder of Magic Leap), Neal Stephenson (Author, Founder of Lamina1), Matthew Ball (Author, Investor), John Gaeta (Winner of the Academy Award). , CCO of Inworld) Alex Heath (publisher, The Verge), Marcie Jastrow (CEO, Shiba Inu Metaverse), Cathy Hackl (CCO, Journey), Justin Barad (OssoVR), Tony Parisi (Lamina1), Matt Miesnieks (CEO, LivingCities .xyz), Catherine Henry (MediaMonks) and Steve Grubbs (CEO, Victory XR), can be found here Spotify, iTunesand the YouTube.

The edgeis Alex Heath and Recodingby Shirin Ghaffary put on your helmet and enter horizon in the last period of the last time of Land of the Giants, Vox Media’s award-winning narrative podcast series about the most influential tech companies of our time. This season is dedicated to the transformation of Facebook to Meta, with interviews with senior executives, former employees and other experts.

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